Three area teams are Final Four-bound, including two from Tuscola.
A closer look at the group, courtesy prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner:
Noon Friday vs. Lena-Winslow
at O'Brien Field, Peoria
Eight from area in Shrine game
BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.
Athletes of the Week
Recently: Staff ace passed the 200-strikeout mark for the season, helping the Eagles win a regional championship with complete-game efforts against Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour. During the team's stretch run, her ERA is about 1.00.
Teams of the Week
Eagles (19-18) trailed 2-0 after one inning and 5-2 going into the seventh against a Mahomet-Seymour team they had traded regular season wins against. Jada Walker, Kalista Lutes, Sarah Hunt and Grace Bjornbak scored in the late-game comeback that produced a Class 3A regional title.
URBANA — Memorial Day was Flashback Monday for Tuscola softball coach Lenny Sementi.
The early arrivers to Eichelberger Field for a Class 1A super-sectional game didn't see the Warriors playing pitch and catch, fielding grounders or studying the extensive scouting report at their disposal.
They saw a group of teen-agers, clad in their uniforms, singing and dancing.
SENECA — St. Joseph-Ogden didn't require Elizabeth Everingham's record-setting power hitting in Monday's Class 2A super-sectional softball game. The Spartans did all the little things against Chicago Christian, scoring four runs on bunts en route to an 11-1 five-inning victory.
ST. JOSEPH — Abby Immke's name is prominent on the list of top contributors to St. Joseph-Ogden's top-ranked and unbeaten Class 2A softball team.
She drove in seven runs against Centennial, had three RBI against a 20-win Paxton-Buckley-Loda team, hit a grand slam against a 20-win Monticello team and also slugged a home run against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's 20-win team.
WATSEKA — Two weeks turned into three. Soon it was four. Then, five.
St. Joseph-Ogden's Stephanie Canfield sat out 12 midseason games during her senior year with a torn hamstring.
When she returned, Canfield still wasn't at full strength.
"She couldn't run at 100 percent the first couple weeks (back)," SJ-O coach Randy Wolken said.
RANTOUL — Rich Thomas' words were prophetic.
"If we can get to the top of our order," the Rantoul softball assistant coach said before he settled into his spot in the first-base coach's box before the top of the seventh inning started with the Eagles trailing Mahomet-Seymour 5-2, "we're going to win this game."
He was right, and Rantoul won the game.